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Deuteronomy 12:16 states: :רַ֥ק הַדָּ֖ם לֹ֣א תֹאכֵ֑לוּ עַל־הָאָ֥רֶץ תִּשְׁפְּכֶ֖נּוּ כַּמָּֽיִם However, you shall not eat the blood; you shall spill it on the ground like water. Deuteronomy 12 is the chapter in the Torah that commands us how to slaughter an animal. We are taught to do it in such a manner that we are NOT to "eat the blood" but to "...


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The Beis Yosef attributes this to the Orchos Chayim in Orach Chayim 32 (2/3 down here) without mentioning a midrash. כתב בארחות חיים: לפיכך עושין שי"ן יותר משאר אותיות, כדי לרמוז הימים שאדם מניחם בשנה שהם ש׳.‏ Thanks to @YaacovDeane for the superior citation from Orchos Chayim (T'filin 27), which cites the 9th century mystical halacha work Shimusha ...


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Whether it happens one-second after we die, or one-minute after we die, or one-hour after we die, there are two ultimate destinations. We live in a world of time, and after we die, we enter into a world of no-time. Therefore, after we die, there is no one-second after, there is no one-minute after, there is no one-hour after, etc.... From the TaNaKH and ...


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'Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the ...


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Unlike the popular myth (endorsed by Avrum Fried in his songs) that the Moshiach will come (unclear where from) riding a donkey and everybody will mediately recognize him as such and all of sudden the days of Moshiach will begin, according to Rambam's Melachim, the coming of the Mochiach is a long process spanning probably tens of years. He emerges slowly, ...


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The fourth passage regarding David HaMelech, until "What is more, I am involved in a great mitzvah": With minor changes, it can be found in Yalkut Shimoni, Nach §889. The final passage regarding R' Yeshaya: With minor changes, it can be found in Yalkut Shimoni, Torah §187. Still looking for sources on the other three and a half passages; please feel free to ...


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You ask if there are other Rabbinical sources that support the idea of a Flat Earth? there are some, though they are few. Whether or not some sages believed in the geocentric view - the sun revolving around the earth or the heliocentric view - the reverse, we still describe our evenings as “sunset”. Our perspectives are based on our assertions which is ...


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In short, magic dose not exist. It has never been proven and therefore it is mere fabrication of the wild imagination. Thus, your question is irrelevant when it comes to Judaism. Maimonides rejected the notion of magic as nonsensical. Ibn Ezra also rejects the existence of magic. For example, Ezra says that the reason G-d forbid us communicating with the ...


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Devarim 18:10-11 lists the following species of magic: There shall not be found among you . . . a soothsayer, a diviner of [auspicious] times, one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, a pithom sorcerer, a yido'a sorcerer, or a necromancer. (R' A. J. Rosenberg's Judaica Press translation).


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There are 2 types of magic with which one incurs a being from the upper realm to fulfil ones wish by creating something/bringing something unavailable, which are both mentioned in the Torah which the necromancers of Egypt used in Sanhedrin 67b: בלטיהם אלו מעשה שדים - "Lot" is the work of a sheid (demon) which one incurs to fulfill (in exchange for a ...


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The Gemara (Megillah 3a) cites several Tannaim and Amoraim who say that the Kohanim, Leviim and Yisraelim have to interrupt their duties in the Beis Hamikdash to listen to the Megillah.


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The Mishnah Berurah (24:5) mentions this as a segulah of the mitzvah of tzitzit in general: ומצוה זו מציל האדם מן החטא דכתיב ולא תתורו וגו' למען תזכרו וגו' והייתם קדושים ואף דכל שאר המצות אין בהם זאת הסגולה להצילו מיצה"ר ציצית עדיף וכדאיתא בעובדא דמנחות (מ"ד ע"א) מעשה באדם אחד וכו And this mitzvah saves man from sin, as it is written "and you shall ...


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It's Judaism. The answer is "it's complicated," "it depends," and "potentially there's a dispute involved." According to Wikipedia: Totem poles can symbolize the characters and events in mythology, or convey the experiences of recent ancestors and living people. ... Pole carvings may include animals, fish, plants, insects, and humans, or they may ...


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This theory is proposed by Rabbi Dovid Fohrman in his book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Rabbi Fohrman spends fully the first third of the book developing just questions on the story. In addressing these questions, he proposes that ultimately, Hashem's goal was not just to free the Jews, but to convince not just any nation, but the one most stooped in ...


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This summary brings up the following on page 6 Concerning the origin of Kaddish that you asked, we can not trace the practice to a clear and definitive source found among our ancestors’ writings. However, those who followed them based their recitation of Kaddish upon this verse (Leviticus 22, 32) And I will be sanctified within the people of ...


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Josephus Flavius, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 11, 6:13: Now there were slain by the Jews that were in the countrey, and in the other cities, seventy five thousand of their enemies: and these were slain on the thirteenth day of the month; and the next day they kept as festival. In like manner the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together, ...


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I think that Tosfos in Berachos 13a is the source for where the idea of Parshas Parah being d'oraisa stemmed from. If you look at the Tosfos below, you'll see that Tosfos lists the Torah portions that are d'oraisa, and only Parshas Zachor is mentioned: However, earlier printed versions of Maseches Berachos have this same Tosfos who mentions Parshas Zachor ...


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The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 183:4) says that one should hold a cup of Blessing (e.g for Kiddush or Birkat Hamozon) in his right hand. כשמתחיל לברך נוטלו בימינו Tosfos in Pesachim 106a brings in the name of Yerushalmi Brochos that when available, each person is given his own cup of wine which he holds in his hand during the recital of Kiddush by the ...


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As you've probably understood -- the Holy & Holy of Holies were only for the priests (kohanim). Commoners absolutely entered the courtyard, e.g. to bring an animal for sacrifice. Once the Tabernacle was built, the Holy/Holy+ section was referred to as the Ohel Moed ("Communion Tent"); commoners would stand "near the entrance of the Communion Tent", i.e. ...


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There is no "formal minhag" written about this that I'm aware of. But as I heard from a rabbi a long time ago, good "pro active" shuls are extremely in tune with making shul a complete family experience and chinuch as well as a love of mitzvoth is an integral part of all this. So including kids in various functions and tasks such as this, singing "Adon Olam"...


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Rav Meir Mazuz has a very interesting article on it which he claims there are no life on other planets as on earth. The torah's word is above everything, above all the professor's, above all the scientists. All their words are null and void against one word of torah! For example: "in the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth" (Gen.1:1). ...


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At least one instance is in Netzach Yisrael Ch. 46: ויש לפרש כי זה ענין מצות עירוב תבשילין, שיום טוב הסמוך לשבת מניח עירוב תבשילין מבעוד יום קודם יום טוב, ואז אף ביום טוב יכול לתקן מאכלו לשבת. כי מה שצריך לתקן סעודות שבת קודם שבת, רמז הוא שהשבת מענין עולם הבא, ומי שטרח בערב שבת יאכל בשבת, ומי שלא טרח בערב שבת מה יאכל [ע"ז ג ע"א]. ויום טוב הסמוך לשבת, הם ...


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As Sabbahillel mentioned, it may have been based on some pattern. I have heard of many of those combinations (although I've never heard of only banging for only "Haman Hara", which occurs only once during the Megillah, so definitely wasn't your case). Most likely, it is one of two options: They banged each time it mentioned Haman...Ha'agagi, which occurs ...


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There were many questions about angels' nature on this site - are they real individualities or just G-d's messengers. To consolidate those views especially on your question, I would like to differentiate between two different aspects of angels - a. the nature of angels and b. our perception of angels. The nature of angels does not allow for deviating from ...


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There are various customs about making noise when Haman is mentioned. Since you mention that it occured more than once, it sounds like the Chabad custom. While most congregations allow banging each time Haman is mentioned, others have the custom to do so only when his name is mentioned along with an accolade, such as “Haman Ha’agagi” or “Haman Hara”....


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Yes Angels make requests of Hashem Zohar Chelek 1, 23,1 see also Pirkei Drabbi Eliezer 13, and Yalkut Shimoni Bereishis 3,1. But they ussually get punished for questioning G-d's decisions by requesting their own way. דעזא ועזאל הוו מקטרגי עליה, דבזמנא דאמר שכינתא לקב"ה נעשה אדם, אמרו (תהלים קמד ג) מה אדם ותדעהו, מה את בעי למברי אדם, ותדעהו דעתיד למחטי ...


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Rashi on Gen 32:27, when the man/angel asks Jacob to release him, writes כי עלה השחר FOR THE DAY BREAKETH, and I have to sing God’s praise at day (Chullin 91b; Genesis Rabbah 78:1). So the answer would be that, yes, they pray, singing God's praises, every day.


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According to my understanding of the Torah, and my logic: Torah is one and unchangeable Only Adam was created בצלמנו כדמותנו and יודע טוב ורע and only his descendants can qualify as such. While we didn't see men leaving Earth for other planets, there could be no human-like, sentient life besides humans. If you asked such a question to Rambam or the Geonim ...


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A simple way to find such information would be to read the sources cited in the answers to those questions. I cited here a section of the Sefer Moreh Ohr by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan who wrote about the topic of aliens. The entire essay appears on pp. 47-50 in Moreh Ohr. This is the end which I have translated: We see from this [starting on p. 47] that ...


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The original words are from Bereishis (Genesis) 49:18: לִֽישׁוּעָתְךָ֖ קִוִּ֥יתִי יְהוָֽה Which literally means: "For your salvation do I wait, O Lord." The words are Hebrew, not Yiddish. The book in question is obviously transliterating the words using an Ashkenazic method. In English one might transliterate the phrase "Lishu'asecha Kevisi Adonoy". "...


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Maybe you heard of a story reported in "Legends of Old Testament Characters, from the Talmud and other sources" by a Rev. S. Baring-Gould, chapter 14 There left the ark two sorts of animals which had not entered it the pig and the cat. These animals did not exist before the Deluge, and God created them in the ark because it was full of filth and human ...


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See Gittin 68b where Shlomo Hamelech is talking to Athmedius King of Sheidim: כתיב (במדבר כד, ח) כתועפות ראם לו ואמרינן כתועפות אלו מלאכי השרת ראם אלו השדים מאי רבותייכו מינן א"ל שקול שושילתא מינאי והב לי עיזקתך ואחוי לך רבותאי שקליה לשושילתא מיניה ויהיב ליה עיזקתיה בלעיה אותביה לחד גפיה ברקיעא ולחד גפיה בארעא פתקיה ארבע מאה פרסי על ההיא שעתא אמר שלמה (...


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